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RI CHARG Program

RISCA and Humanities Council Collaborate to initiate the RI CHARG Program

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Key highlights:

  • The RI Culture, Humanities, and Arts Recovery Grant program has been implemented to assist RI culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits
  • The program has been designed to support the Arts and Humanities communities to recover from the losses incurred due to the pandemic
  • This historic collaboration will enable organizations in streamlining the application process

The RI CHARG Program

A non-profit organization known for providing a wide range of grant opportunities to support arts and culture in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts recently announced a historic collaborative partnership with the Rhode Island Council for Humanities. This partnership has developed the RI culture, Humanities, and Arts Recovery Grant (RI CHARG) program.

More than 100 local culture, humanities, and arts non-profits are gaining assistance through this program. This program has been designed to help RI’s culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from the hardships suffered due to the pandemic.

Funding of the Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have awarded $9,68,000 in assistance to Rhode Island from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. It is apart from the $1.1 billion of ARPA funding awarded to the state. These cultural assistance funds provide general operating support grants of $8000 each to 121 culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits. In keeping with federal agencies’ priority on equity, inclusion and access efforts, funding priorities were given to BIPOC centered organizations and nonprofits with annual budgets under $5,00,000.

Governor McKee said that “These federal funds given to our state through the NEA’s, NEH’s ARPA allotments acknowledge the important economic impact culture, humanities and arts have on Rhode Island”.

Purpose of the Program

This historic collaboration has enabled the organizations to streamline the application process for cultural organizations across the state. The funding was combined from the NEA and NEH to directly support these communities. The humanities and arts communities are essential to rebuilding the social fabric of the economy. This unique approach has gained national attention. The funding has been implemented to support small and mid-sized organizations to recover from the losses incurred because of the pandemic.

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